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The popular European restaurant on Irongate is gearing up to open this week after being closed since March.

The family-run establishment announced that it will reopen from Tuesday 4 August with a number of changes since it served its last customers including a refurbishment programme.

Owner and head chef, Carlo Slaviero commented;

‘We are utterly delighted that we will be opening our doors again to our wonderful customers.

We have slightly reduced the number of guests we can accommodate and implemented other changes to ensure the safety, well being and comfort of our guests.

Our menus have been reduced to ensure quality and consistency of the cuisine but we have also created a great blend of old and new dishes which we hope people will love’.

Giancarlo moved to the UK in the 1960’s starting his career in hotels in London, Jersey and on Lake Windermere. He opened his first restaurant in Nottingham in the 1980’s and also operated establishments in Worksop and Stamford before opening the European in Derby.

During lockdown, the restaurant sadly lost its much-loved waiter, Giacomo, to coronavirus who had been serving and entertaining customers with his stories and singing for almost 30 years.

Giancarlo added;

‘It was heartbreaking to firstly close the restaurant and then lose a close colleague and friend but we have put all our energy into positive things and used this time out wisely to refresh the look and feel of the restaurant and create some great new ideas to delight our customers.

We are also looking at introducing pasta and flatbread boxes for collection, a new home delivery service and Italian afternoon teas this autumn’.

The restaurant, which is located opposite the cathedral, is well-known for its welcoming and friendly atmosphere and it’s rustic Mediterranean cuisine. It has been a favourite on the Derby dining scene for many years and will be part of the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme in August, passing on all savings to its customers.

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